BCLADBilingual Crosscultural Language in Academic Development
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SB 2042 did not include guidelines for the development of BCLAD programs.
Two core elements of the BCLAD are teaching methods for literacy in two languages and a teaching practicum.
Upon their return to the U.S., biliteracy teacher candidates complete their teacher credentialing program methods courses at SDSU and engage in ten additional weeks of student teaching in a dual language public school setting with cooperating teachers who already hold a BCLAD credential (Alfaro, 2003).
TABLE 1 Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development(BCLAD)and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Credential Program Requirements
After attending this conference my interest and motivation to continue with my Spanish studies and obtain a BCLAD was revived.
Not only did this core faculty group introduce the new courses mentioned above, but they were also active in state policy-making, playing a key role in the creation of the Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) emphasis and the Bilingual CLAD (BCLAD) emphasis for the basic credential.
In addition to teaching required core courses at a local university for CLAD (Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development) certification in the Single Subject Credential Program, I have also been supervising the practicum of Multiple Subject Credential Program pre-service teachers (PST)--also known as student teachers--for CLAD and BCLAD (Bilingual Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development) certification at various schools in different school districts.
Table 1: Student Teacher Assessment of Growth: Year 5--Model I MS BCLAD - N=11 Means Areas of Growth 1.
Most recently, California depended on its BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development) credential/certificate to prepare and certify teachers competent in educating California's EL student population in bilingual settings.
California: Since 1992, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has required teachers who educate children who are English-language learners (i.e., ESOL/ESL students) to be certified with either the Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD; CCTC, n.d.b) certification or the Bilingual Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD; CCTC, n.d.a) certification.
All teachers in the programs receive the Cross-cultural language and academic development (CLAD) or bilingual CLAD (BCLAD) credential upon completing the program.